It’s the start of a new week and I am feeling happy and refreshed after a happy weekend with family. We spent Saturday in St Andrews with a visit to the Botanical Gardens and Sunday was a lazy morning at Cairnie Fruit Farm and we even came home with two punnets of fresh strawberries!
Yesterday marked seven weeks since I gave birth and it has been the fastest time of my life. Spending time with my little one has been wonderful, most of my time has been spent soaking up every moment with her alongside lots of decaf coffees, long walks with my Ergo Baby carrier and lots and lots of feeds for my fast growing baby.
If you follow me on Instagram you will also know that I have been upping my fitness levels for the past five weeks; running 3-4 times a week and daily workouts. My body feels completely different from its pre-pregnancy state but I am loving getting into great shape while getting strong.
Here’s my top tips for getting back to a regularly exercise routine after giving birth – always remember to get cleared by your doctor before hitting the gym or track!
Hydrate: This is especially important if you are breastfeeding, you need to make sure you don’t get dehydrated. I make sure I always have a glass of water by my side while nursing, this also keeps me feeling fresh!
Slow Down: Work slowly at getting back to your pre-pregnancy routine – there is no rush.
Have Fun: Running is pretty much the only time I spend away from my baby, so if I wasn’t enjoying it, it would not be worth it. Make sure the exercise you are doing is fun and sweaty so you don’t get bored!
Embrace: Embrace your changed body – you have just carried a baby for nine months and now you are using it to care for your baby – look after it and love it for the wonderful work it is doing.
Following pregnancy and birth I have also realised the importance of taking some time out for me – 15 minutes to read a book in the bath, an evening run or just a hot cup of tea and a magazine. It is important to make some time just for you to relax so you are raring to go for another day or night with your little one.
This week has also seen the launch of Blushberry Botanicals, offering a new and beautifully designed range of lip balms that are available to buy online. They are fab, they look and feel great and if you are like me and don’t go anywhere without a lip balm these are a perfect vegan alternative to vaseline and chapsticks!